27 Things You Didn’t Know About CAFOD

Here’s some facts you may or may not know about CAFOD and the work it does.

  1. CAFOD stands for Catholic Agency For Overseas Development
  2. CAFOD works in 35 countries
  3. CAFOD has 500 programmes in those 35 countries
  4. CAFOD’s donations come from: Catholics in England and Wales, Governments and Other Institutions
  5. CAFOD uses its donations to: promote long-term development, respond to emergencies, raise awareness, speak out on behalf of poor communities
  6. CAFOD has 6,400 volunteers in England and Wales 
  7. CAFOD is a member of Caritas International (a group of over 160 Catholic agencies from around the world)
  8. Out of every £1, 88p goes on vital emergency relief and developmental work in the world’s poorest communities. As well as this, it also goes on education and lobbying work in the UK
  9. 12p goes on raising more money
  10. CAFOD began in 1962Caritas International logo
  11. Jacquie Stuyt and Elspeth Orchard joined with the National Board of Catholic Women, the Catholic Women’s League and the Union of Catholic Mothers to organise the first family Fast Day. The number of collections meant that 2 years later at the Bishop’s conference, CAFOD was registered an official charity.
  12. This first Fast Day raised money for a mother and baby clinic in the Carribean island of Dominica
  13. This first Fast Day was on Friday 11 March 1960
  14. Children were asked to give up sweets and parents were asked to make one main meal, being the cheapest it can be and donating the money saved
  15. This raised more than £6,000, which is equivalent to £96,000 today.

    CAFOD beginnings

    The Catholic women who organised the first family Fast Day in 1960

  16. CAFOD’s first international office was in Albania in 1993
  17. CAFOD’s first campaign was in 1979 in the Philippines
  18. CAFOD was one of the many Fairtrade founders
  19. Over 5,000 products now carry the Fairtrade mark in the UK
  20. Over 1.65 million workers and farmers benefit from the Fairtrade schemefairtrade logo
  21. The Catholic Church is the single biggest provider of care for people affected by HIV and AIDS
  22. CAFOD helped press for the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015
  23. The number of people living in extreme poverty has more than halved since 1990. From 1.9 billion to 836 million
  24. CAFOD is based upon the 7 Catholic Social Teaching Principles
  25. In 2016, the number of volunteers grew by over 1,500volunteers
  26. CAFOD supporters gave £3.5 million in response to the Nepal Earthquake in 2015
  27. CAFOD’s ‘Lost Family Portraits’ series was seen by 758 million viewers globally and raised £286,000 for the Refugee Crisis Appeal

If you want to find out more, visit the CAFOD website.

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